Is there horse racing on New Year’s Day?

New Year’s celebrations can be tricky ones to plan. You’re still full up on food from Christmas Day, fed up with alcohol from the festivities, and feeling all cooped up from a season of staying in.


What better way to see in the New Year than a day at the races? You can get in the open air, be among new people, and maybe even win a few pounds – you’re sure to need it after the Christmas season! Here are our top picks for New Year’s Racing across the UK.




The Jockey Club are kicking off 2023 in style with a New Year’s Day Raceday at Cheltenham, the home of jump racing. With tickets available from just £12, you can enjoy a day’s racing alongside their ‘Free Family Fun’ package. Enhance your day by booking their hospitality and restaurant packages to accompany the racing.




In the great Devon tradition, Exeter Racecourse offer a ‘Devon’s Big Day Out’ racing event on New Year’s Day. Details haven’t been released yet for the 2023 celebrations, but 2022’s event included seven races, a fantastic atmosphere, and live jazz music throughout the day. Keep your eyes peeled for tickets!




If you’re in Yorkshire, start your 2023 racing calendar off at Catterick Races, which has been going since 1783! They have six races scheduled for New Year’s Day 2023, including Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure and Course Enclosure options. Much like other racecourses operating throughout the festive season, children go free!




Near Staffordshire? Head to Uttoxeter Racecourse for their New Year’s Eve Raceday event in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside. Make your day extra special by upgrading to one of their restaurant or hospitality packages.




For those further afield in Ireland, New Year’s Eve at Punchestown is not to be missed. As is their tradition, ladies race for free on this day, and they offer complimentary festive treats for all spectators!




Celebrate New Year’s Day in Scotland at Musselburgh Racecourse. Their Sensational 7 feature race day has been hugely popular for years! There’s something for everyone at Musselburgh, with the day offering racing, live entertainment, heated marquees, a winter fashion competition (with prizes!), as well as festive food and drink. This event promises to sell out soon, so book tickets early!




At Newbury Racecourse, the home of horse racing, ringing in the New Year is quite the event! Treat your family to a day out for MansionBet Challow Hurdle Day on New Year’s Eve. You can get some behind-the-scenes intel with a tour of the weighing room or see the racing action up close at the last jump. We will be operating both Premier and Grandstand Enclosures on this day, and there are fantastic early bird tickets available with prices from just £20.


Remember, children under 18 go free, and there may even be a special guest or two lined up to meet them! Blow away the cobwebs and prepare yourself for a jam-packed day of racing and entertainment.